Now that all the glitz and glamour of Monday’s inauguration is over, it’s time to get down to business. First on the list should be how the Mayor and Council are going to come up with all the millions to fund the two consent decrees and the firefighters’ judgment while keeping money flowing to other agencies in need, like the public libraries and the Sewerage and Water Board.
A request by Tulane University to demolish a 100-year-old home on campus used for the Newcomb College Institute and build a new facility in its place drew a split vote from a city panel Monday afternoon, likely sending the project to the New Orleans City Council for approval.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the City Council and other city officials were sworn into their next four-year terms Monday morning at the Saenger Theatre.
Is Magazine Street poised to be taken over by national chain stores?
It’s certainly a possibility. Rising rents are already forcing some Magazine Street retailers to move or close entirely. Well-heeled national businesses can often afford what mom-and-pop cannot.
Monday, May 5, begins the new four-year terms for Mayor Landrieu and the City Council. Thus we thought it appropriate to bid farewell to old friends and welcome to new ones.
By Susan Larson
The New Orleans Public Library is so grateful for Jewel Bush’s warm and thoughtful article about the New Orleans Public Library; we appreciate her support and her advocacy — and her patronage!
I am writing this as the secretary of the New Orleans Public Library Board, of which I have been a member since 2011. Much has transpired since the drafting of the consultant’s report cited in the article.
“How are you doing?”
“No, Superman does good; you’re doing well”
So goes the old exchange that quickly provides the context of good versus well, and how one should really use them properly. Among the titles New Orleans carries, The City that Care Forgot remains very real despite the influx of the educated and employed. And you can see it almost anywhere.
A dispute between a Prytania Street property owner and the city over the paving of a yard for parking at an apartment complex is headed to Civil District Court, according to a recent report by Karen Gadbois of The Lens. The yard paving took place after Katrina without city permission, and the Board of Zoning Adjustments has denied a request by property owner Henry Rosenblat to keep it, Gadbois reports, but attorney Joel Loeffelholz convinced a city hearing officer to delay any further administrative action for 90 days while the issue plays out in court.
“We’re going to get some things done,” said Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse said at New Hope Baptist Church in Central City. “The grant will provide seed money to groups who are interested in actually working together to achieve something positive in our city.”
When officials introduced the program Monday night, however, they were met with both skepticism that any real results will be accomplished and promises from participants that they will press forward despite their misgivings.
The New Orleans Public Library System is in trouble.
Next year, the city has to find an additional $3 million just to keep the 13 current libraries open. That’s keep-the-lights-on money. Purchasing new books or investing in new library technologies are both out of the question under this scenario.
The Welcome Table New Orleans — a grant-funded effort “to facilitate meaningful and honest discussions about race in respectful, safe and structured spaces” — will launch tonight (Monday, April 28) with an informational session at New Hope Baptist Church at 1807 Lasalle Street in Central City.
Elk Place has seen better days, and poor transit planning is the most obvious culprit. Near the intersection with Canal, transit users wait alongside derelict and ill-maintained structures with inadequate shelter and seating. Drivers buzz by as throngs brave the elements to make their connections.
This is what happens when over 20 transit lines converge at one location, with over 5,000 riders boarding and disembarking streetcars and buses.
It’s a notorious disgrace. The immediate area has been slow to redevelop. The sidewalks are difficult to navigate and litter is an ongoing problem. Not only have transit users suffered – local businesses and property owners are dissatisfied as well.
Even after the fence blocking one end of Newcomb Boulevard has been removed, controversy surrounding traffic flow along the street lingers on, as the New Orleans City Council postponed a decision Thursday on whether to make the street one-way.
The Faubourg Avart Neighborhood Association — which formed last year to represent the area between Prytania and the river, from Upperline to Valmont — will host City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell for a discussion of quality-of-life issues at a meeting tonight (Wednesday, April 23) at St. Katharine Drexel Prep, 5116 Magazine.
The South Claiborne fast-food corridor seems poised to get yet another entry, as Krystal is planning to open a burger restaurant in the old Kentucky Fried Chicken store near Washington Avenue.
Two of the Crescent City’s best springtime offerings — the Coliseum Square Association’s annual crawfish boil fundraiser and a showing of “The Goonies” in the New Orleans Film Society’s Moonlight Movies series — will converge on the same evening in an unexpected but possibly perfect pairing next month.
A film production will simulate a car crash and gunfire on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, closing the road to traffic nightly at the Martin Luther King Boulevard intersection, city officials said.
Did you hear the news? Mayor Landrieu is proposing… (drum roll please)… tax increases!
This shocking development stems in large part from the consent decrees with the U.S. Justice Department over the widely-acknowledged and widespread constitutional violations routinely committed by the New Orleans Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office vis-à-vis Orleans Parish Prison. Those settlements have hefty price tags attached.
Who could have predicted this? Not to toot my own horn, but I certainly did.
At least two sections of the controversial Newcomb Boulevard fence were removed Tuesday morning, and city officials say the intersection will re-open to two-way traffic in about a week.